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PREPARING FOR WAR

Indiana National Guard Soldiers of the 1413th Engineer Company conduct convoy operations training and move simulated casualties to a waiting UH-60 Blackhawk at Atterbury-Muscatatuck in Edinburgh, Indiana.

DRONES HAMMER AL-QAEDA!

Dozens of Suspected Terrorists Killed
By Harold Hutchison


Dozens of members of the group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula have been killed over the past few days. The strikes have come since reports of a large meeting held in the open.


FORMER SOLDIER TO RECEIVE MEDAL OF HONOR

Kyle J. White To Be Honored For Actions in 2007 Ambush
By Harold Hutchison


HONORING THE FALLEN OF RAMADI

Marines, families and veterans came together to remember and honor Marines of Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, who gave their lives at the battle of Ramadi, during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 6, 2014. It was the 10 year anniversary of the battle of Ramadi, one of the most significant battles of the war in Iraq.

LOSING 23 A DAY

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Veteran Suicides Climbing
By Harold Hutchison

America is losing 23 veterans a day to suicide, and the problems have been getting worse in recent years. To put that number in perspective, the number per day translate to over 8300 veterans a year committing suicide.

According to a report by Breitbart News, the stats are staggering. The suicide rate has climbed by over 30% among active-duty military since 2008. A report covering suicides in 2011 noted that 301 suicides occurred among active-duty troops that year.

Theater Response Force Air Assault

Paratroopers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, recently conducted a mission to Tarin Kowt, Urugan province as part of their Theater Response Force mission. The TRF is a battalion sized quick reaction force tasked with providing the ability to deploy anywhere in Afghanistan and conduct operations on a moments notice.

SOG'S DEADLIEST TARGET

From the February 2008 issue of SOF:
When the Studies and Observation Group sent RT Lion to look into a highway junction known as "Oscar 8", they knew they were going after a deadly target.

They just had no idea how deadly it was.

INSIDER THREAT TO WAR JOURNALISTS?

One Killed, One Wounded by Shooter in Afghan Uniform
By Harold Hutchison

Two journalists were shot, one fatally, during an “insider attack” in Khost province. The attack was similar to those that have normally targeted American and NATO troops.

According to media reports, AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who had won the Pulitzer Prize, was killed in the attack, which was carried out by a district police officer. The shooter reportedly shouted “Allah ackbar” before firing an AK-47 rifle at Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon, a reporter with the Associated Press.

HAVE THREE MIAS BEEN FOUND?

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Cambodia Repatriates Possible American Servicemen
By Harold Hutchison

Cambodia has returned three sets of remains believed to have been American servicemen who were missing in action from the Vietnam War. The three servicemen were among 53 of the 90 MIAs in that country still not accounted for.

According to media reports, the remains were discovered in Kampong Cham province. American forces carried out air strikes in Cambodia from 1969 to 1973, plus a ground invasion in 1970. The last American casualties in Southeast Asia were also suffered in Cambodia.